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John Gissing - Chief Executive QantasLink
Fantastic to be here in regional Victoria to announce what is the first time ever a regular airline service between Bendigo and Sydney.
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And starting late March next year the services will commence.
Tim Pallas - Treasurer of Victoria
What it will mean is that people of Bendigo will be able to fly direct from here to Sydney, therefore avoiding an up to two-hour drive to Melbourne Airport in both directions.
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And importantly, Sydney residents and all of the economic opportunity that they bring with them, whether it’s tourism or investment, will be able to get here.
And of course if you get accessibility you get investment, you get jobs.
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So this is a great story for the growth of the economy of this area.
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Rachel Lee - Regional Director - Loddon Mallee Regional Development Victoria
The State Government assisted a number of years ago in helping develop the infrastructure, the runway, in conjunction with the city and the federal government.
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And now more recently has come and assisted with facilitating a marketing and infrastructure package to get the service off the ground.
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Thrilled, delighted, excited, yeah all of that.
Marg O’Rourke - Mayor, City of Greater Bendigo
We know it’s going to be a game-changer.
We know that this will make a significant difference to Bendigo.
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We have a great lifestyle and we have a lot to offer.
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A city of our size is doing some extraordinary things and I just think this brings that extra confidence that we know is happening for our community.
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Bendigo wants to be known as Australia’s most liveable community, and this is just one more step in achieving that goal.
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